There are no designs that the Seattle Seahawks are about to make a trade, but there are definitely designs on SB Nation’s NFL blogs continuing our theme week posts throughout the season. This week’s theme is: “What’s the one trade you would make right now?” so let’s quickly address that by using a different team’s blog as a jumping off point.
After all, Buffalo Rumblings mentioned the Seahawks so many times in theirs that I figured it would be rude to note return the favor.
BR mentioned that the Buffalo Bills have as many as three tradable assets at offensive tackle right now, all of different skill levels, contract figures, and values. The headliner of the three is left tackle Cordy Glenn, the Bills’ franchise tag player in 2016 who signed a five-year, $60 million deal last May with $38 million guaranteed. Crazy? Not according to Jason LaCanfora, who reported recently that Seattle has inquired on Glenn several times now. There’s zero question of skill or if he’ll be a massive upgrade for the Seahawks over Rees Odhiambo, but it’s a move that would be even more surprising than the acquisitions of Percy Harvin, Jimmy Graham, and Sheldon Richardson. All of which came at times where financial flexibility made a lot more sense for the Hawks.
Glenn costs $14.2 million this year (prorated for a half-season of course) and roughly $13 million per year over the following three seasons. Seattle has almost no cap room right now, though they could get creative and then probably be able to handle the addition in subsequent seasons as Jimmy Graham will come off the books (barring an extension) and Cliff Avril might never return.
But Buffalo is 4-2 and tied for first place in the AFC East. They may like what they’ve seen from rookie Dion Dawkins, who has started three games in place of Glenn who’s been dealing with an ankle injury, but it’s a major risk to move one of your premier players in the middle of your most successful season in years. The New England Patriots traded Jamie Collins last year and won the Super Bowl, but the Patriots and Bills barely even play the same sport and can’t take the same risks.
Then again, maybe risks like that are why Buffalo hasn’t made the playoffs since 1999. Or maybe it’s exactly what they need to do. Especially since they do have Dawkins, Glenn, and two more tackles of note.
Jordan Mills may be the least interesting of the four, but he does have 56 career starts at right tackle. That is not the Seahawks biggest need, so it’s a risk on top of a risk to acquire Mills and then move him or Germain Ifedi to the left side. This is somehow both the least likely and most likely move that Seattle would make of the three available tackles from the Bills, if only because I constantly seem to confuse Mills for J’Marcus Webb.
Finally, Seantrel Henderson has not played this year, having served multiple suspensions for marijuana use. His next time getting caught will put him on the shelf for a year, making him an even bigger risk in terms of giving up anything of value to acquire him in a trade. Still, the Seahawks added Dion Jordan in the offseason and Pete Carroll doesn’t shy away from moral reclamation projects, especially when said acquisitions could help the team win. Henderson could be another big body (6’7, 330 lbs) on the line and give the roster much-needed depth and potentially an upgrade among the starting five.
The most likely move is no move, but if the Seahawks are looking to add offensive line help, they not only might call the Bills, they apparently already have.